DC Police Investigating Viral TikTok, Protecting Officer over Ma’Khia Bryant Incident

by Cade Slaughter / May 2, 2021

Around Monday, a rather viral video on TikTok emerged, depicting a video of an officer being asked if he would ‘kill me like Ma’Khia Bryant’. The officer in the video responded back to the camera, saying with no remorse, ‘Are you going to stab somebody like her?’

Columbus police release more bodycam video in fatal shooting of Ma'Khia  Bryant | 10tv.com
A graphic image from the body camera footage of the Ma’Khia Bryant shooting incident, showing Bryant, center, lunging at another woman, center behind.

The Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, says it is investigating the video between random pedestrians and several officers. The video depicts the people in the video getting in a rather heated discussion over the Ma’Khia Bryant incident in Ohio last week. 

There has been a ton of backlash from Ma’Khia Bryant’s death last week in Columbus, OH, which resulted in a multitude of riots and protests. Regardless of whether one intentionally attempts to murder someone or not, some believe the officers should not use the force of guns, as tasers have been mentioned as a better substitute.

Community, Family of Ma'Khia Bryant Push Back Against Narrative of Events  That Led to Shooting as Columbus PD Identifies Officer
Ma’Khia Bryant, left. Columbus PD officer Nicholas Reardon, right.

The problem with using tasers in that particular situation is that simply the victim in the video was of rather large size and stature, thus possibly resulting in another death if the victim was not shot fast enough.

Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, has gained numerous amount of supporters due to her death, as many people claim that she had called the cops previously due to her life being in danger.

However, most critics of the situation have come out to say that the cops did what they were supposed to do, acting appropriately with little time to react as Bryant was halfway through a swinging motion in attempt to stab another woman. Whether Ma’Khia was in rightful self-defense or not, the Columbus Police Department did what they were supposed to do with little time to react.

“When they [Columbus PD] roll up on the scene, they see people tussling around, someone has a knife, and their job is to protect and serve every life on that scene, and if they see someone who is in the process of taking a life…What decision do they have to make?” stated CNN news Anchor Don Lemon.

The officer who shot the girl was identified on Wednesday as Nicholas Reardon, who joined the Columbus Division of Police in 2019. The body camera footage of the shooting shows the officer pull up to a rather chaotic scene, responding to a 911 call from someone who said they were being threatened.

Reardon was heard in the footage shouting, “Get down!” several times as Bryant charged at another female, dressed in pink, who appeared to be pinned against a vehicle in the driveway of the residential house. Reardon then fired four shots at Bryant, who then collapsed to the ground. 

Regarding the controversial discussion on tasers, Lemon also addressed comments that the officer could have deployed a taser as well.

“Tasers don’t work the way guns work,” Lemon said. “Not at that distance … And not with that amount of time.” Lemon added: “If the woman in the pink was my sister, niece, wife, whatever … you have to make a decision. Is one life on that scene more valuable than another?”

See Don Lemon's reaction to new deadly shooting video - CNN Video
CNN’s anchor Don Lemon, center, discussing the controversial Ma’Khia Bryant incident.

It is worth stating again. Is one life really more valuable than another? Do you protect the life of the person trying to take the life or do you protect the life of the person whose life is an imminent danger at that particular moment?

The Columbus city authorities have said the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation will determine if the officer was wrong to shoot 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant. 

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